Practicing Empathy #1 and #2 by 2

Since early 2019, the Yasmeen Godder Company is deeply involved in a research project titled “Practicing Empathy” with a group of six dancers, out of which a series of outcomes are being created: performances, workshops, and events. Each of the outcomes is set to explore the notion of empathy through a variety of perspectives and approaches, attempting to look at what opens us up emotionally. What makes us identify and connect with others, as well as with ourselves? And how can we create new practices, rituals, songs, and choreographies, which may open up our ability to take in complexities without fear and distrust?

The evening will open with Practicing Empathy #2 by 2 a format created in response to the spread of Covid-19, for two performers and two audience members, who will share a 25-minute journey, reclaiming the 2-meter restriction and turning it around as a means for connectivity, empathy, and intimacy. (Only 24 audience members will be able to experience this unique practice.)

In the second half of the evening, the company will perform “Practicing Empathy #1“ (the first practice that was created) which focuses on the relationship and connectivity of the performers as they delve into a score of repetitive physical and vocal rituals, exposing their inner emotional landscapes. They play with creating an environment where empathy can be explored as a way to support, encourage, and react to the depth and complexity of their own and other‘s needs and expressions.

Co-production: Tanzhaus nrw and in collaboration with CSC - Centro per la Scena Contemporanea 

Supported by Rabinovich Foundation and the Israel Lottery Council for the Culture and Arts.


Creation, Choreography: Yasmeen Godder 

Dramaturgy: Itzik Giuli, Monica Gillette 

Dancers: Ortal Atsbaha, Or Ashkenazi, Carmel Ben-Asher, Ari Teperberg, Tamar Kisch, Nir Vidan

Guest Dancers in 2 by 2: Shuli Enosh, Yasmeen Godder

Sound Design #1: Tomer Damsky

Sound Design 2 by 2: Lior Pinsky

Scenography and Lighting: Omer Sheizaf

Costumes Design #1: Hila Shapira 

Costumes Design 2 by 2: Tamar Ben Cnaan 

Photography: Tamar Lamm

Production: Omer Alsheich

Administration: Zohar Eshel-Acco